Elle James says ‘Just Do It!’

elle_james.gifHow many times have you said, “One of these days I’m going to . . .”?  (The idea is for you to fill in the action).  Whether it is to write, paint, travel or mend a relationship, what are you waiting for?  My advice to you is: Just do it!  If you are waiting until you retire or for the timing to be just right, you may not live that long or you may not have the energy if you ever get to that allusive “right time”. Don’t wait to live the life you dream of, just do it!

            There have been times in my life that I thought I didn’t have the time to learn or that I didn’t have the patience to get past failure.  But, when you go for something with all your heart, you will find the time and learn to be patient, because you believe in it.

            Have you found yourself piddling at poetry, playing at being a playwright, or nit-picking at novels?  Piddle no more!  Just do it!  Join a club, talk to others that are doing the same kind of activity, read some books and learn, learn more about what you want to do. You will be surprised at the results. The world will crack its door for you to peek in.  Don’t be satisfied with just a peek, push that door wide open and jump in!

            At the turn of the century, Y2K, I took the leap and jumped into the life of a writer. With each idea, each project, each support group I joined, I learned and grew. I wrote like there was no tomorrow while holding down a full-time job, raising children and managing our small ranch.

            Requests for manuscripts rolled in, alas with rejection after rejection. I was either too thick-skinned to care or too stupid to give up. In the babyblingend, my persistence paid off and I landed my first contract. The rest (here comes the cliché) is history.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Harlequin. This month marks the release of my 10th Harlequin Intrigue – Baby Bling, a milestone I only dreamed of back in 2000. I owe it all to persistence. So if you’re teetering on the edge, playing with an idea you think you might like to pursue, don’t teeter, don’t play, get busy and make it happen. Just do it!

Excerpt:

He was known as a tough-as-nails tycoon. Then one pregnant beauty penetrated his steely reserve.

Shipping tycoon Jackson Champion hadn’t become a Texas billionaire by crumbling under pressure. So when his sexy assistant, Ysabel Sanchez, decided to walk away from him and his mega-successful corporation, he wasn’t taking no for an answer. After all, memories of their recent one-night stand had consumed him, and now Ysabel’s inability to meet his eye made him wonder what she wasn’t telling him. But exploring their feelings had to wait. An unknown enemy intended to bring down Champion Shipping, and Jackson was an expert at protecting what was his. But could he also lay claim to Ysabel and the secrets she had yet to reveal? 

 

Elle will be giving away an autographed copy of BABY BLING!  Just let us know what four Elle James books received Romantic Time’s TOP PICK–and what have YOU personally persisted that led to your success?

Elle James is an award-winning author who began writing on a challenge from her sister and went on to win the Romance Writers of America 2004 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance and launched her writing career with Harlequin Intrigue. With the support of her parents, husband, one teenage child, two grown children and one grandchild, Elle is currently at home in Northwest Arkansas happily writing her next edge-of-the-seat suspense. She loves to hear from her readers. Email Elle at ellejames@ellejames.comor visit her website www.ellejames.com

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26 thoughts on “Elle James says ‘Just Do It!’”

  1. Hi Ellie, You are a great writer, love your books.
    To answer the question
    1. Baby Bling

    2. Nick of Time

    3. Dakota Meltdown

    4. Beneath the Texas Moon
    all recieved the Top Pick.

    What I did that lead to my success was always plan ahead and stick to my goals. I know I want to accomplish something and I put all my efforts into it.

  2. Elle nice to have you here, here is your top 4

    Baby Bling
    Nick of Time
    Dakota Meltdown
    Beneath the Texas Moon

    I think as we age we discover to do this more and more. I have been going out there doing things that I thought could wait until later and later might not come. When I was young my grandmother tried to teach me to crochet and I couldn’t get it and I told her one day I will well that day wasn’t coming and then I found out that my daughter was going to have a baby so there was no more time to put it off, and I pick it up and just started doing it. Wow that felt good and I have been making tons of them so far and it has only been 8 months. So I am one of those people that has learned from something simple don’t put it off just do it!!!!!!!!!!
    Your story sounds great.

  3. 1. Baby Bling

    2. Nick of Time

    3. Dakota Meltdown

    4. Beneath the Texas Moon
    all recieved the Top Pick.

    A job search hass required the most persistence of me.

  4. 1. Baby Bling

    2. Nick of Time

    3. Dakota Meltdown

    4. Beneath the Texas Moon
    all recieved the Top Pick.

  5. Hello Elle,

    1. Baby Bling
    2. Nick of Time
    3. Dakota Meltdown
    4. Beneath the Texas Moon

    I’m working on my success. I’m trying to complete afghans for both my side of the family and hubby’s. This is just for out immediate families. I’m about half way there. A few more years, I’ll complete this success. Then we’ll see where I go from there.

    Have a great day.

  6. 1. Baby Bling

    2. Nick of Time

    3. Dakota Meltdown

    4. Beneath the Texas Moon
    all recieved the Top Pick.

    I am still looking for something to be good at.
    I have to say I haven’t read any of your work but it sounds great I will have to add you to my reading list.

    Have a wonderful day.

  7. Elle, I absolutly loved Nick of Time! Will be looking forward to reading Baby Bling.
    Romantic Times Top Picks:
    1. Beneath the Texas Moon
    2. Nick of Time
    3. Dakota Meltdown
    4. Baby Bling

    I love bracelets and persisted until I figured out that I could make and sell my own. I love playing with my beads.

    Have a super weekend.

  8. Wow, I just checked out your website and that led me to your sister’s I think I just found another author to read. The vampire series sounds great.

    Your Nick of Time Sounds really good!

  9. Hi, Elle!
    A wise man one said to me “Just do it.” And no, he wasn’t referring to Nike.
    I had been discussing some of my future plans with him. He said no one ever gets anywhere by discussion. The key is to “Just begin,” “Just start,” however you want to phrase it.
    Oh, by the way, your top picks are:
    1. Nick of Time.
    2. Beneath the Texas Moon.
    3. Dakota Meltdown.
    4. Baby Bling.

  10. Hi Elle! I love the way you say just do it. There is a lot to this. My sister kept trying to get me to piece a quilt and one day I decided to do it and it turn out great. I still make quilts to this day!

    1 Dakota Meltdown
    2 Baby Bling.
    3 Nick of Time
    4 Beneath the Texas Moon

  11. 1. BABY BLING
    2. NICK OF TIME
    3. DAKOTA MELTDOWN
    4. BENEATH THE TEXAS MOON

    I love being creative whether it is drawing, painting, making my own jewelry, or cutting and pasting projects together… these are all for my own enjoyment… I am not a professional… 😀

  12. Beneath The Texas Moon
    Dakota Meltdown
    Nick Of Time
    Baby Bling

    I love blogging, writing Haiku poetry, singing
    in my church choir, being the best “Grandma” to
    my ten grandchildren, volunteering in schools( 25+
    years), church(33+ years) and community (multi
    years.) My good friend Dee talked me into writing
    a community news column and I wrote it for eight years. I so enjoyed doing that!

    Pat Cochran

  13. I love all of your responses! I too like to crochet and taught myself how to make beautiful jewel boxes out egg shells (ostrich, emu, rhea and goose egg shells). I think if you’re creative you always look for creative outlets. Thanks for all the responses!

  14. 1 Dakota Meltdown
    2 Baby Bling.
    3 Nick of Time
    4 Beneath the Texas Moon

    I scrapbook now and used to do all sorts of crafts. I have slowed down and since Mom passed away I don’t enjoy it as much as me, Mom and my sisters and sister-in-law used to get together and craft. What fun!!!

  15. Okay, business first:
    1. Baby Bling
    2. Nick of Time
    3. Dakota Meltdown
    4. Beneath the Texas Moon

    You’ve been blessed with gorgeous covers between your US and Aussie ones. Did they shoot them at the same time? Or just use the same set of pics? I’m looking at the covers of Blown Away, for example.

    I like the recurring baby theme in your books. And, you’ve used at least 2 Alaskan locales. I’ve been to the Yukon and Canada’s NorthWestTerritory (now Nunavet). It’s simply breathtaking up there.

    I have to say I’ve persisted in my writing. Sure, I’ve been at it over 35 yrs, but for many of those years, I laid it aside not away. I always knew I’d get back to it when the time was right. And for the last few years, I’ve felt it is. I’ve informed the family that this is it. I’ve worked outside the home, I’ve raised them, now it’s my time to write. The Bible says everything in God’s time… well, I don’t know if it’s my time yet according to His schedule, but I feel like it is. And the way my entries are finaling in the contests, it seems like it is. So, I’ll say 35 yrs of persistance is finally paying off. 🙂

  16. I was always artistic so I wanted to learn to paint better. I took several art classrs and workshops in the Santa Fe and Taos areas. I practice painting with my watercolors a lot. I have sold several of my paintings so I think I have achieved a certain amount of success in that area. But I have always thought of myself as an achiever so things came easy for me.
    The books were Baby Bling/Nick of Time/Dakota Meltdown/Beneath the Texas Moon

  17. Thanks for sharing Elle. Very good advice though not always easy to follow… day to day living can get in the way. 🙂
    The 4 top picks are:
    Baby Bling
    Nick of Time
    Dakota Meltdown
    Beneath the Texas Moon

    When I was young I stuck to my books and became a lawyer at 23. Took me another 10 years to get my man! Baby Bling sounds like a really sweet book!

  18. Hi, Elle! Hooray on Baby Bling! As for perseverance, I think I’m still working on the biggie, which is parenting. I’ll give you an update in another decade or so 😉

  19. WELCOME ELLE! heres the list
    Baby Bling
    Nick of Time
    Dakota Meltdown
    Beneath the Texas Moon

    Glad to have you here today,thanks for coming,so enjoy your work,reading is so much fun
    ,Vickie

  20. Have read several of your books and enjoyed them. Intrigue is my favorite Harlequin series. I’ve wanted to write, but never had the courage to do it after my family ridiculed my desire and attempts in college. For now, I’ll enjoy my job as a children’s librarian and helping people (adults and kids) find books they’ll enjoy. I did always want to travel and have done some of that. My husband and I are doing as much of it as we can. We are already slowing down and know we can’t wait too much longer to take those big trips. Congratulations on your writing awards (and having the courage to follow your dream). Romantic Times Top Pic winners are Beneath The Texas Moon, Dakota Meltdown, Nick of Time, and Baby Bling. Keep up the good writing.

  21. Hi Elle! Baby Bling sounds great!

    Baby Bling
    Nick of Time
    Dakota Meltdown
    Beneath the Texas Moon

  22. Elle, it’s late, but I wanted to welcome you back to P & P and thank you for your good advice. We all need to be reminded to suck it up and hang in there, don’t we? Some days, we forget what it’s like to have to work hard, the way our ancestors did. When we do work hard, success is oh, so sweet.

    Love that cover!

  23. Hi Elle! These books got top picks!:
    Baby Bling, Nick of Time, Dakota Meltdown and Beneath the Texas Moon!!!!

    I’ve always been proud of getting my Masters Degree in Social Work/Counseling. I’m sad I’m unable to work right now, but the years I did were so rewarding and I grew up saying I wanted to help others and its a great feeling when I can do that. I miss working with the kids but maybe some day be able to go back to that.

  24. Hi, Elle! I love your Harlequin Intrigues! Very good advice! That’s how I usually get things done. I put my mind to it and “just do it!” Thanks for blogging today and keep writing!

    Your top picks are:
    Baby Bling
    Nick of Time
    Dakota Meltdown
    Beneath the Texas Moon

  25. Thanks to all who commented. I love the stories of perserverence.

    Congrats Anita on the contest finals! I was a contest fiend when I started writing. Those who knit, crochet and quilt, I love working with my hands too. I like seeing the fruits of my labors. I so admire those who have conquered education to attain a a degree and use it for good. Congrats to all who have persisted and won out and to those who are still persisting. Patricia whose family pooh-poohed her writing, I have to say, mine did too for a long time until I started selling my books. They’re not laughing now.

    Pam, thank you for inviting me to blog at Petticoats & Pistols. It’s been lovely!

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